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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

06.23.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

It’s been a few days into our official summer, which means as the summer vacation nears as does the higher temperatures, we’re all afforded the privilege of being outside.

Wherever I am, especially when I’m out, I rarely fail to bring a book with me—just in case. For those moments I’m left waiting—waiting for a bus, waiting in line, or waiting in a reception room. Or for that unexpected moment when I spot a quiet place like a corner table at my favourite cafe, or a bench under a large oak tree. These are not bookish clichés, but real places in which I savour reading.

And so, summer really is the best time for me to stock up on my personal book collection. Even if it means bursting my budget to its already-tight-and-stretched-out-seams.

That said, I, nor this blog would exist, nor be called bibliotaphic if this wasn’t my compulsion—I mean, disposition.

Here’s how The Bibliotaphe Closet has been stuffed this week:

Books for Review:

A special thanks to Random House of Canada for providing me with a copy of The Quick by Lauren Owen for review.

The Quick by Lauren Owen

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A special thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for an Advanced Review Copy (ARC) of A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride.

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

a girl is a half-formed thing***

Books I (Busted My Wallet Out For) Bought:

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

plain truth***

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

my sister's keeper***

Waking the Dead by John Eldridge

waking the dead***

The Salesman by Joseph O’Connor

salesman***

Who By Fire by Diana Spechler

who by fire***

Astrid & Veronicka by Linda Olsson

astrid and veronicka***

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

heart is a lonely hunter***

The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt

city of falling angels***

At the Full and Change of the Moon by Dionne Brand

at the full and change of the moon

Open City by Teju Cole

open city***

Mr g by Alan Lightman

mr g***

The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo by F.G. Haghenbeck

secret book of frida kahlo***

The Fecund’s Melancholy Daughter by Brent Hayward

fecund's melancholy daughter***

Entice by Jessica Shirvington

entice***

Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani

children of the jacaranda tree***

Books I Won:

A special thanks to Penguin Canada for a copy of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker, which I won through a Twitter contest.

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

truth about the harry quebert affair***

Of all the books listed above, which ones are you most interested in reading?

What does your Summer TBR book list look like?

Did you receive any new books for your collection this week?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 01.20.2014

01.20.2014

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

This blog, The Bibliotaphe Closet, was birthed from a robust passion for the written word and its printed page. What started as a small collection of three to four books that belonged to a teenager who didn’t have the means to purchase an entire library, a lot of my reading was done through high school English class assignments, public library generosity, and a few finds from local garage sales. By my completion of university with a BA in Creative Writing and English Literature, my book collection grew to a whopping 300 books. As the years passed, the bookstores also grew larger, as did my income, and my consistent love of books. Ten bookshelves later, I’m at a personal best of 3000+ books in my collection.

I then discovered the word, bibliotaphe, which means book hoarder. I’ve moved a total of eight times and while I’ve lost no sleep over selling artifacts on hand through the accessibility of Kijiji, I have always mourned the loss of a good book. I’ve lent some to family members, friends, classmates, never to see them return. I’ve lost a few books while on trips abroad. I’ve even lost books by simply forgetting them at a local café. Which has made me quite vigilant in keeping an up-to-date database of all my “pretties” as I receive them publishers for review, purchase them on my own, or receive them as gifts from my thoughtful, bibliotaphe counterparts.

And what was inspired by the “Stacking the Shelves” blog meme, “Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet” was generated to feature the latest additions to my perpetually growing library.

While others may have “skeletons” in their closets, the only things in mine—are books. Well-loved books.

Here’s this week’s Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet edition. Not a bad start to the New Year.

Books for Review:

books for review - jan 20 2014

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A special thanks to Random House of Canada

for providing me with the following copies for review:

Wonder by Dominque Fortier

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

All the Broken Things by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

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I just recently completed a review on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and am thrilled to have received Hollow City, its sequel, in the mail as soon as it hit the bookshelves. I trust it’s just as eerie and imaginative as the original Peregrine story and I can’t wait to turn its pages as soon as I complete my read and review of the translated novel by Dominique Fortier, Wonder, which is what I’m currently reading now. Soon after that, I will be privileged to read All the Broken Things, a tender story about a 14-year-old boy named Bo, a refugee from Vietnam, who lives in a small house in Toronto with his sister, Rose, a girl severely disfigured by the affects of Agent Orange.

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Books I Bought:

books bought Jan 20 2014

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Hellgoing by Lynn Coady, published by Astoria, an imprint of House of Anansi

11/22/63 by Stephen King, published by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin, published by Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group

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While I’ve read and reviewed a number of Lynn Coady’s work, such as “The Antagonist,” which was nominated for the Giller Prize in 2011, I could not help but cheer for the success of her latest work, Hellgoing, which was not only nominated for the Giller, but its Grand Prize Winner in 2013. As a short story writer, I can certainly appreciate the craftsmanship of the short story, which is the collection held within the pages of Hellgoing and something I look forward to reading as I’ve heard Coady’s ability to create true and humorous dialogue is something to wonder at and applaud.

11/22/63 is a massive mountain of a book, totalling 849 pages in trade paperback, it is not only about the assassination of JFK, but time travel, which are topics King usually steers away from when his usual works feature the darkest of our fears when roused in his works of fiction that belong to the genre of horror. Stephen King is much beloved as he is idolized, a storyteller known to engage his readers in the dark of his stories.

And while I didn’t love Shop Girl, I congratulate Steve Martin for expanding his resume to include “creative writer” when he’s already a famous actor and comedian. Why write unless you actually have a story to tell and a voice to tell it in? And this novel also includes colourful graphics of art reproductions to accompany the story of fine art collecting. This is certainly a book I will check into as soon as I complete a few of my scheduled reviews.

Books I Won:

books won jan 20

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An ARC of Some Thing Real by Heather Demetrios, published by Henry Holt

A copy of Under the Jeweled Sky by Alison McQueen, published by Source Books

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I was lucky enough to win a copy of Some Thing Real and Under the Jeweled Sky both from contests on Facebook hosted by the books’ publishers. Thanks to Henry Holy and Source Books for these additions to my collection!

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What does your Bibliotaphe Closet look like this year?

What book are you most looking forward to reading right now?

Of the books listed above, which are you most interested in reading?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 06.03.2013

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

06.03.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

This meme “Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet” was inspired by the original meme that I participated in and which many of you may be familiar with: “Stacking the Shelves” hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

My posts will take the format of books and bookish items (including SWAG) that I have:

  • received from publishers and/or authors for review
  • purchased
  • received as a gift or prize through winning a contest

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My supposed book-buying ban is well…theoretical it seems. I see a book and WHAM! I buy it. It’s a dangerous thing. So glad I have an understanding (and literate) husband. Here’s this week’s book haul:

Books for Review:

escape velocity

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A special thanks to Goose Lane Editions

for a copy of Escape Velocity by Carmelita McGrath

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good to a fault

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A special thanks to Random House of Canada

for a copy of Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott

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Books I Bought:

some great thing

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Some Great Thing by Colin McAdam

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the host

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The Host by Stephanie Meyer

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Books I Borrowed:

books borrowed

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The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

N.W. by Zadie Smith

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Unfortunately, I didn’t win any prizes this week, but I’ll be sure to keep my fingers crossed for next time.

Out of the books I listed above, which ones are you most interested in reading?

What titles did you haul this week?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 05.27.2013

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

05.27.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

This meme “Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet” was inspired by the original meme that I participated in and which many of you may be familiar with: “Stacking the Shelves” hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

My posts will take the format of books and bookish items (including SWAG) that I have:

  • received from publishers and/or authors for review
  • purchased
  • received as a gift or prize through winning a contest

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my latest book haul, so I’ve been fortunate enough to let my book piles grow. Here are the latest additions to my reading closet:

Books for Review:

the aftermath

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constellation

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americanah

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A special thanks to Random House of Canada

for providing me with copies of:

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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mrs poe

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A special thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada

for an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

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Books I Bought:

book haul 1

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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, winner of the Man Booker Prize.

A Secret Between Us by Daniel Poliquin, a Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist.

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Books I Won:

everything is perfect when youre a liar

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A special thank you to HarperCollins Canada

for my prize, Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford, through a Twitter contest!

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invisibility

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invisibility signed

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A special thank you to Penguin Books Canada

for my prize, a SIGNED copy of Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan!

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What great book titles did you add to your collection this week?

Of the titles listed above, which book are you most interested in reading and why?

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet. 04.29.2013

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Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet

04.29.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

This meme “Stuffing the Bibliotaphe Closet” was inspired by the original meme that I participated in and which many of you may be familiar with: “Stacking the Shelves” hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

My posts will take the format of books and bookish items (including SWAG) that I have:

  • received from publishers and/or authors for review
  • purchased
  • received as a gift or prize through winning a contest

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My mailbox has been generous to me this week. Here’s how The Bibliotaphe Closet has been filling its shelves:

Books for Review:

Thank you to Random House of Canada for the following books for review:

hungry ghosts

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The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai, published April 2, 2013

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woman upstairs

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The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud, published April 30, 2013

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blind mans garden

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The Blind Man’s Garden by Nadeem Aslam, published April 30, 2013.

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Books I Bought:

vanessa and virginia

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Vanessa & Virginia by Susan Sellers published by Mariner Books, November 8, 2012.

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starting out in the evening

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Starting Out in the Evening by Brian Morton published by Harcourt, December 2, 2012.

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amaryllis in blueberry

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Amaryllis in Blueberry by Christina Meldrum published by Gallery Books, December 2, 2012.

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Books I Won:

railway confessions

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Thanks to author, Carolyn Moncel, for a print copy of her short story collection, Railway Confessions.

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What bookish goodies did you stack up this week?

Out of all the titles above, which are you most interested in reading?

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